Since today it seems like almost all buttons on the site have href="#". When I click on them, the page just jumps up, but nothing else.

For example:

  • the 'more hot questions' link
  • the hamburger menu top left
  • show more comments
  • make a new comment
  • votes
  • can't ask questions

I use SE almost only at work and the Firefox browser I use is the latest for the Windows on this system, and I can't install a newer version. I'm using Firefox 52.9.0.

I don't really understand why an older browser doesn't work anymore now.

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    TL;DR: the code was just updated to make use of optional chaining, which helps to shorten it and make it more maintainable. Unfortunately, that was only introduced in Firefox 74 (ESR 78). Dec 9, 2021 at 9:10
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    browsers.stackoverflow.design unlikely anything could be done about this...
    – Suraj Rao
    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:10
  • I'm not sure, I think SeaMonkey is an other browser?
    – undefined
    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:11
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    Thank you sonic for explaining the thing with this chaining. I'm just sad that I now can't use SE anymore
    – undefined
    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:13
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    The cause is the same. As the user agent string indicates, it's based on Firefox 68. Dec 9, 2021 at 9:13
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    @undefined you can, with a newer browser. :) Dec 9, 2021 at 9:21
  • Firefox has a portable version that might solve your problem.
    – Mast
    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:22
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    @Shadow Wizard Is Vaccinated V3 but I can't install a newer browser because it's the latest version I can install for the windows on this office computer
    – undefined
    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:26
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    @Mast I tried potable Firefox and Chrome but sadly both won't run. I think it's because of the older windows.
    – undefined
    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:50
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    I posted a request at meta.stackexchange.com/a/372769 . Dec 9, 2021 at 11:54
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    Re "the Firefox browser I use is the latest for the Windows on this system ...Firefox 52.9.0": Is that the pre-Quantum version? 52.0 is from 2017-03-07. The current version of Firefox is 94.0. Dec 9, 2021 at 12:01
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    Thats an extended supoort release. My cimaony also runs those. We are at 91.3.0 ESR, so you are (light)years behind and probably very vulnerable to allnsorts if attacks that have since been patched. Cc @P.Mort.-forgotClayShirky_q
    – Luuklag
    Dec 9, 2021 at 13:02
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    @Luuklag thank you. But it's the latest browser I can install on this OS and the latest that will run on this windows version. Even the newer portable ones won't run
    – undefined
    Dec 9, 2021 at 13:10
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    Well then its definetly time for an upgrade. Your workplace is taking a lot of risk running outdated hard and software.
    – Luuklag
    Dec 9, 2021 at 13:14
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    @Luuklag it's a windows server 2003. And the company won't change that. And I can't influence this either
    – undefined
    Dec 9, 2021 at 13:19


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